COVID-19: Building an Inclusive Economy
We are living in unprecedented times. The dual pandemics of COVID-19 and anti-black racism continue to impact our communities in the East Bay and exacerbate existing inequities in wealth, health care, education, and many other areas of life.
East Bay Community Foundation is actively addressing our communities’ needs during this time through our COVID-19: A Just East Bay Response Fund, which to date has provided $5M in grants to non-profits who are providing critical services, addressing the economic impacts of the pandemic in low-income communities, and fighting for important policies to protect essential workers, renters, and low-income families. This grantmaking was possible due to the generous support of our donors like you, and for that we thank you.
As we enter the seventh month of Shelter in Place and the worst economic recession in recent history, we at East Bay Community Foundation invite you to join us as we commit more firmly than ever to our mission of eliminating structural barriers, advancing racial equity, and transforming political, social, and economic outcomes for all who call the East Bay home.
Over two years ago, EBCF launched a flagship initiative, Inclusive Economy, to support entrepreneurs of color and small businesses in accessing capital and technical assistance. This effort has taken on increased relevance during these times! Black, indigenous, and people of color owned small businesses are critical drivers of job and wealth creation in communities of color, and they have been disproportionately impacted by COVID-19 and the economic recession.
As we move from “rapid response” mode to doubling down on supporting the physical, mental, and financial health of our East Bay communities of color for the long haul, we hope to walk this road together with those of you who are equally committed to and invested in the long-term strength, well-being and economic vitality of our East Bay communities. Join us!
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